Learners’ understanding of their right to freedom of expression in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Beckmann, Johan L. en
dc.contributor.advisor Blignaut, Anita Seugnet en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Van Vollenhoven, Willem Johannes en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-06T22:08:35Z
dc.date.available 2006-06-14 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-06T22:08:35Z
dc.date.created 2005-10-12 en
dc.date.issued 2007-06-14 en
dc.date.submitted 2006-06-14 en
dc.description Thesis (PhD (Education Management))--University of Pretoria, 2007. en
dc.description.abstract Newspapers often report on the violation of learners’ rights. Many of these violations and critical incidents are related to the right to freedom of expression, which is internationally viewed as a core right in a democracy. My inquiry focused on grade 11 learners’ understanding of the right to freedom of expression. It is important to understand learners’ understanding of the right to freedom of expression, as they are the leaders of tomorrow and the right to freedom of expression is central to the survival of democracy. This inquiry was informed by an interpretivist paradigm. Atlas.ti™ was used to systematically analyse the data and categorise it into three hermeneutic units. This computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) tool facilitated the process of analysis and enhanced the validity of the research. During the inductive process of analysis two patterns crystallised, viz. the absolutising of the right to freedom of expression by some learners and the lack of skills to implement the limitation to the right to freedom of expression in schools. The main findings indicated that some learners did not have knowledge regarding the right to freedom of expression, although most learners were aware that they could speak their minds under this right. Furthermore, learners didn’t seem to know how to exercise the right to freedom of expression. One of the factors disrupting the implementation of the right to freedom of expression in schools is the perpetuation of an authoritarian culture in schools. Theoretical and practical recommendations are suggested and avenues for future research are identified. en
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dc.description.department Education Management and Policy Studies en
dc.identifier.citation Van Vollenhoven, W 2005, Learners’ understanding of their right to freedom of expression in South Africa, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25528 > en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06142006-130531/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/25528
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject Freedom of expression artistic expression en
dc.subject Democracy symbolic expression en
dc.subject Absolutising religious expression en
dc.subject Limitation authoritarianism en
dc.subject Core right understanding en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title Learners’ understanding of their right to freedom of expression in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en


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